Last reviewed: November 2017
Last updated: September  2016

Summary

Definition

History and exam

Key diagnostic factors

  • occupational exposure
  • longer duration of exposure
  • smoking history

Other diagnostic factors

  • dyspnea on exertion
  • cough
  • crackles
  • indirect exposure
  • chest pain
  • clubbing

Risk factors

  • cumulative dose of inhaled asbestos
  • cigarette smoking

Diagnostic investigations

1st investigations to order

  • CXR: posterior-anterior (PA) and lateral
  • pulmonary function tests
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Investigations to consider

  • HRCT chest
  • lung biopsy
  • bronchial lavage
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Treatment algorithm

ONGOING

Contributors

Authors VIEW ALL

Professor of Medicine

Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Michigan State University

East Lansing

MI

Disclosures

KDR has been an expert witness for both defendants and plaintiffs in work-related lawsuits. KDR is also the author of several papers referenced in this monograph.

Peer reviewers VIEW ALL

Chief Medical Officer

Wisconsin Division of Public Health

Madison

WI

Disclosures

HAA declares that he has no competing interests.

Senior Clinical Lecturer

Institute of Life Sciences

Swansea University

Swansea

UK

Disclosures

KL declares that he has no competing interests.

Assistant Professor

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Evanston Northwestern Healthcare

Evanston

IL

Disclosures

TJK declares that he has no competing interests.

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